Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
If you enjoy musky floral fragrances like L’Artisan L’Été En Douce (Extrait de Songe), Philosophy Inner Grace or Le Labo Ambrette 9, Bath & Body Works Cotton Blossom will be a lovely discovery. I already reviewed a few BBW fragrances, and as I mentioned before, exploring the collection is very enjoyable. While the fragrances are not particularly complex, they have a cheerful simplicity and an impressive diversity. I really think that anyone can find at least one fragrance to enjoy in the BBW lineup. So far, my favorite choices have been Velvet Tuberose, Twilight Woods, and Moonlight Path. Cotton Blossom is my most recent discovery– a sophisticated soft orange blossom composition that I would reach for whether it came in a bottle from L’Artisan or from BBW. The price point of $10.50 for an 8 ounce bottle does not hurt either.
The most appealing aspect of Cotton Blossom is a lovely plush softness, which invariably makes me think of fluffy terry cloth towels and other such clean, comforting associations. The floral heart of sheer rose and orange blossom is accented with green notes and orange, while the mellow drydown of musk and heliotropine further explores the idea of a tender, caressing sensation. The effect of Cotton Blossom is between that of a soft floral musk like Marc Jacobs Splash Cotton and the lush orange flower notes of Rochas Tocade.
While it is a rather simple composition, it has a suave, gentle character, which makes Cotton Blossom quite versatile. Those who do not like the powdery, hazy notes will probably not find Cotton Blossom appealing. I only wish that it came as an EDT, because its light body splash formulation has rather poor tenacity. Overall, however, Cotton Blossom is a great example of a fragrance that smells much more expensive than it really is.
Cotton Blossom (body splash from Signature Collection Classics) includes notes of grass, sun-dried linen accord, mandarin blossom, jeans accord, peony, cotton, musk and baby powder. Available from Bath & Body Works, $10.50 for 8 fl oz/236 mL spray bottle.
Do you have any favorites from BBW?
Sample: my own acquisition